Norman Rowland Gale

Here you will find the Poem The Hidden Wealth of poet Norman Rowland Gale

The Hidden Wealth

Adam and Eve together stood 
Amid the crop they both were tending, 
While far away the feathery wood 
Of Eden in the wind was bending. 

And Adam, feeling in his veins 
The better for his splendid tussle, 
Laughed at his body for its pains, 
And showed to Eve his hardening muscle. 

Fine was the bread his sweat had earned, 
Despite the fields of rock and thistle, 
While daily wounds and baulkings turned 
His olden softness into gristle. 

So, thinking deeply of the life 
Of chartered idleness and blisses, 
Suddenly he seized his comely wife 
And took her mouth by storm with kisses. 

"Dear heart!" he cried, "we fare the best 
When earth and labour roughly grapple. 
Who could have thought the only rest 
Worth having, centred in an apple!"